With Graphene, a Smart Snap Bracelet?

29. January 2013

Date: 29-01-2013

Source: Technology Review

GraphenA billion euros’ worth of continental love for the up-and-coming “wonder material.”

What if your device could do this?

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This wild vision of a morphing, versatile, snap-bracelet-slash-tablet-slash-all-purpose-smart-thing is made possible–or at least thinkable–by the graphene, a so-called “wonder material” discovered in 2004.

The European Commission today announced one billion Euros in funding for research into applications of graphene. Over 100 research groups will receive funding in an initiative led by Jari Kinaret, applied physicist and apparent fencing enthusiast.

What’s graphene? For a crash course in the material, look no further than TR’s own pages.

Graphene is pretty simple to comprehend: it’s an atom-thick sheet of carbon, arrayed like a honeycomb. Graphene is seen as a potential replacement for silicon, since it conducts electrons even faster. Recent years have seen researchers employing various types of chemical wizardry to improve processes of creating bulk graphene (see “From the Labs: Materials”). Read the rest of this entry »